Traf­fic re­lief

The Dominion Post - - Opinion -

Plan needed soon or it’s the end of the road (Dec 4), by Wreda’s Derek Fry, seems quite timely, con­sid­er­ing that else­where in the pa­per that day, an­other item re­vealed that Welling­ton jobs were head­ing north.

The traf­fic prob­lem won’t be solved quickly; I doubt whether even the im­pend­ing com­ple­tion of Trans­mis­sion Gully will pro­vide suf­fi­cient mo­ti­va­tion to solve Welling­ton’s traf­fic prob­lems in the short term.

This might be an un­con­ven­tional sug­ges­tion, but how about con­struct­ing a large park­ing fa­cil­ity within easy walk­ing dis­tance of Takapu Rd rail­way sta­tion?

A sub­ur­ban rail shut­tle ser­vice, Welling­ton to Takapu Road and re­turn, morn­ings and evenings, would get peo­ple in to Welling­ton with­out them hav­ing to fight for scarce park­ing spa­ces.

A nom­i­nal fare ($3 or $4 maybe) would have them fight­ing for seats on the train in­stead. And on the re­turn trip the train could take the Welling­ton work­ers who are cur­rently mov­ing to work in Porirua.

This is not the so­lu­tion to Welling­ton’s self-in­flicted traf­fic woes. It’s a sug­ges­tion to help take some of the pres­sure off while the scrap con­tin­ues over how best to fil­ter traf­fic through to the air­port. And it’ll cost less when com­pared with time lost in traf­fic jams. And it’ll al­ways be there to be used, be­cause they haven’t stopped mak­ing peo­ple yet – and they’ll all want cars. ROGER BOULD Waikanae

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